Monthly Archives: July 2015

The EU and Neoliberalism

“Control the oil, and you control nations. Control the food, and you control the people.” – Henry Kissinger

The following headline caught my eye and hits at the core of the problems we are now facing with the monolith that is the EU:

Osborne: We should think of EU as a “single market of free trade”

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Chancellor George Osborne said, “I prefer to talk about it as a single market of free trade. It’s free trade with the rules that enable the free trade to be a real success. That’s the way I think we should think about it.”

Putting ‘Free Trade’ and ‘rules’ in the same sentence stretches my imagination to breaking point! Our global marketplace is dominated by vast corporations whose most important activity, after profit making, is deregulation!

The EU has been in existence, in one format or another, since 1951 and therefore witnessed and been a party to the growth of the present global ‘free trade’ abuse that is destroying democracy.

The more you take in his words the more you can see how focussed the EU has become on trade and how little it is concerned with the welfare of its citizens. The Brussels bureaucracy invades our lives with increasing numbers of unelected people in positions of power. Their influence is paralysing our ‘free’dom with expanding regulations, whilst at the same time deregulating business in the name of ‘free’ trade.

Democracy it is about how people run their lives. In a small village it can work as near perfect as we can get it because we have an easily defined group of people and an easily defined area that these people interact within.

Decisions made by the village council come from an understanding of the needs and requests of the people and the village. Those decisions, once implemented, can be effectively measured by the only yardstick of any value . . . how they affect and improve the quality of life of the villagers.

As the democratic area grows, from a village to a town and then on to city, county, state and country so the ‘distance’ between the villagers and those decision makers increases. It is within this enlarging space that we see accountability diminishing, as political and financial considerations become the criteria for how our lives are lived.

The expansion of the EU into the present 28 countries, with more new members being sought, has demonstrated how the last point is now playing out. I am not alone in feeling disconnected from the democratic process of running the EU. This feeling is further exacerbated by the continued exodus of national power to Brussels and greater feelings of helplessness over running my life.

Once we were ‘citizens’ but are now rebranded as ‘consumers’, whose only rights can be exercised in deciding which products to buy from the global monopolies. Osborne makes no reference to our quality of life as citizens and seems only concerned with us as consumers. Proof positive that our Society in being turned into an Economy.

As the ‘conspiracy theory’ veil is lifted on such groups as Bilderberg, their influence is becoming more apparent. They may be powerful men ‘just getting together for a chat about world affairs’ but their interest is primarily commerce. It doesn’t take rocket science to work out that the agenda for such meetings therefore, is how to improve their business interests.

To further the interests of Capitalism, Bilderberg was created and became the birthplace of neoliberalism. Without such an organisation it would never have been possible to develop the thinking and influence capable of birthing and developing such a vast trading arena as the EU (or indeed the emerging international trade agreements like TTIP and TPP etc.)

A central political hub like the EU, overseeing so many individual countries, is the perfect means of expanding global control. Add a central bank and that control expands to include not only the people but their money as well. It is obvious from this premise that it becomes necessary to suppress democracy or it will interfere with this control. Which is precisely what is now happening.

The EU can only function for the benefit of the people if it is returned to a simple trading arrangement between member countries and without the vast political bureaucracy that has been allowed to develop. Returning powers to individual countries automatically returns democracy to those countries that is now being successfully usurped.

Reversing the current development of the EU would result in a mighty international Chamber of Commerce devoted to improving trade relations, whilst allowing international relations to remain the province of individual countries.

If Bilderberg is so successful for neoliberalism, then Socialism needs a similarly powerful group to fight its corner and re-establish democracy. If there is already such an animal it needs revitalising, because its presence on the international scene is not currently being felt. If there isn’t . . . There should be.

Until the next time

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

Tsipras, Corbyn, Blair . . . and Judas

The reaction to my support of Alex Tsipras last week resulted in strong accusations against his supposed U-turn, aligning him with Judas and an overwhelming sense of betrayal.

Only 7 months ago our perception of Greek people was as ‘lazy tax dodgers’ until we became aware of the part the banks played in their downfall. The same game is being played out now as Tsipras is painted as a loser and we must not be drawn in again.

Let’s just take a look at what is actually going on. Here is a man with just 6 months experience on the world political stage taking on the most powerful forces on this planet, who have been around for centuries and not just months.

The ferocity with which they finally subdued him is an indication of how frightened they have become at what he is stirring up. Now they are pursuing regime change to put back the political cronies originally responsible for the current financial problems. We owe a debt of gratitude to him, as his actions lift the veil on what has been successfully hidden for centuries and the true nature of what he is battling.

It is not just about debt repayment but the threat to the growth of neoliberalism that is the real cause of their concern. There are another 24 countries about to collapse financially because of neoliberalist ‘austerity’ measures and so the need to maintain control, no matter how abusive, is paramount.

For Tsipras to carry out what his critics expect of him would be suicidal for Greece and its people at this time. The holiday season is just beginning and to exit the euro would see all cash points and banks closed and holidaymakers (Greece’s largest source of income) turning away in droves because of the uncertainty and chaos this situation would cause.

Yanis Varoufakis recently alluded to a ‘waiting game’, as deep seated political beliefs are contained whilst they pick their own moment to react. And would Syriza be broadcasting Plan B whilst taking this essential money that will buy them more time? The battle continues!

In similar vein in the UK, Tony Blair has launched a scathing attack upon a popular contender for the Labour leadership, Jeremy Corbyn. Before becoming Labour leader he (Blair) attended a number of Bilderberg meetings, along with Peter Mandelson, at which they came to see how the powerful ‘regulars’ were planning the future development of neoliberalism.

From this they saw an opportunity to make their mark by repackaging the Labour party, ingratiating themselves on the world stage and forming the springboard for their future careers as global players.

Low and behold they exited Westminster the moment Blair handed over to Brown and then went on to make their fortunes. Their allegiance is still to the Bilderberg group and hence Blair’s scalding attack upon the left wing intentions of Corbyn.

If ever there was an endorsement that Corbyn is working for the good of the people and headed in the right direction it is this outlandish attack, as abusive as the Troika’s response to Alex Tsipras . . . Both, of course, are singing from the same hymn sheet!

What I read into all of this is that we are seeing the early death throes of right wing capitalism and left wing socialism. The abusive financial climate of constant ‘austerity’ is seeing to the former and the results of the recent ballot boxes are sufficient evidence of the latter.

If Corbyn is serious about revitalising the Labour Party and God knows we need socialist driven policies now, he must take note of what is happening in Greece and prepare for a stinging backlash, of which Blair is the warning shot!

He must also look to bringing together the old left and right if he is to succeed. It is the only way forward, in my opinion, for our new global Society to develop an adequately self-balancing and regulated establishment . . . both of which have been missing in bucket loads in the past!

It seems to me that we are now witnessing the birthing of a new socialism, coming not only from here in the UK and Greece but in Spain and other countries around the world. The old order can see this to and are already aggressively protecting their wholly abusive monopolies.

We live in an ‘instant gratification’ Society, nurtured by the internet and endless credit. Sadly this mind-set works against the longer term requirements of fighting for our freedom. Once we turn upon those who are standing up for us we are dancing to the tune of the Troika and they will unleash their media dogs on our champions by whipping up this shallow sentiment.

The coming battle will be a bloody one in which we will all be involved. Knee jerk finger pointing is no longer an option.

 

Until the next time

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes